Retailing for $70, JDD have refined the manufacturing process to cut down on final costs. We’ll see if the materials hold up. The kit comes with everything you need to install the tone arm, plus a little future proofing for other mods. I also picked up an Ortofon OM Q.Bert needle and cartridge on Amazon for $80. The PCB accepts all OM style carts, but with the shortage of Shure-style needles at the moment I decided to save those for my 1200’s. I splurged a bit on an Ortofon product I’ve always wanted to try but could never justify getting a pair of. Guess who only needs one to scratch!
I wanted to go back and take a minute to review the work I’ve done on my PT01 S and what I still need to accomplish. In my first blog post I made a short list of mods I thought were important to creating the perfect portable scratch machine so why not use that list to evaluate my work up to this point? I will go over each point and see how I’m doing. I also have some additions to my wish list at the end. Let’s get into it!
This neat little crossfader has a very short throw; that is, the distance the fader can travel left to right and vice versa. It also has a fun LED that is illuminated when the fader is in the “off” position. CJ Torres, the founder of CJ Fader, is dedicating his time and efforts to supporting the portable DJ community, so I wanted to support him as well. Each unit is hand labeled with a serial number and signature. Plus, at $60 a piece these faders are a great mod on a budget.
Another week, another mod. This post is on the lighter side, and these cosmetic mods are pretty simple to install! Today we are swapping out the stock metal handle for a Jesse Dean Designs carbon fiber one. I also purchased some replacement felt pads of my color choice from JDD, so we will be putting those on as well. I chose to change the PT01 color scheme to yellow and black based on a future mod, stay tuned!
The first mod I installed on my turntable was not a necessary one. It wasn’t the most important to using the gear, but it completed the “PT01 S package” I envisioned in my head. That idea was to have a portable turntable with no extra wires. That means no external speaker, no crossfader attachment, and definitely no media player dangling from my deck.
I may have made a poor financial investment. I should have known when to stop, but once the idea is in my head it’s hard to hold back. So now I’m staring at an inbox full of purchase receipts and delivery tracking info for a bunch of parts to a turntable I’ve owned for all of thirty minutes. Here we go again.